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ICTSL?s latest: City buses to have LCD monitors

AFTER SATISFACTORILY tackling punctuality and comfort issues, the City Bus Service is now moving to dispel commuter ennui. Indore City Transport Services Limited (ICTSL) is toying with the idea of installing 17-inch LCD monitors on each bus to keep weary travellers amused as well as informed.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 14:20 IST
SAEED Khan

AFTER SATISFACTORILY tackling punctuality and comfort issues, the City Bus Service is now moving to dispel commuter ennui. Indore City Transport Services Limited (ICTSL) is toying with the idea of installing 17-inch LCD monitors on each bus to keep weary travellers amused as well as informed.

To be placed next to the driver’s seat, the monitors will beam film clippings, songs and news with content being controlled from a centralised location, most likely the ICTSL headquarters. If all goes according to plan, the on-board infotainment may begin within 3-4 months.

“We have asked for a demonstration and if, after a month-long observance period, the system proves feasible it will be implemented,” says ICTSL in-charge SDM Chandramauli Shukla.

Meanwhile, the transport company is busy fine-tuning a demonstration of its own. ICSTL bosses have arranged a preview of the Passenger Information System to be installed at bus stops during the inauguration of the full-fledged City Bus Service by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on April 15.

The progress of a City bus travelling from Palasia to the ICSTL office via Geeta Bhavan will be tracked with the aid of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the results displayed on the PIS at a temporary bus stop erected for the inauguration.
“Indore will be the first City in India, or even in SAARC nations, to boast a PIS and we want to use the inauguration to provide a glimpse to residents about how it will work,” says a visibly excited Shukla. Measuring 4 feet by 2 feet, the PIS will consist of two lines and be illuminated by red light emitting diodes (LEDs).

“While the top line will display information about bus arrival times and distance from stop the lower line will display news and weather updates and, eventually, advertisements’’. On the day of the inauguration, for instance, updates of the India-England ODI, scheduled for the same day, will be displayed on the PIS boards. In all, 150 passenger information systems are slated to come up, one at each City Bus stop.

ICTSL stops will be in addition to the 100-odd bus stops commissioned for construction by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) and, together, will provide a Citywide footprint to City buses.

Like everything pertaining to the City Bus service, the bus stops too are several notches above average. Consisting entirely of pre-fabricated material and resting on tubular stainless steel rods the bus stops will be topped by roofs coated with insulating covering to keep out the heat.

“In case the bus stops need to be shifted for road widening or some other reason the bus stops can merely be unscrewed and reassembled at a different location,” says the ICTSL in-charge.

Approximately 35 per cent of the total space has been reserved for advertisers including a two-sided panel measuring 6 feet by 4 feet on the roof and a 17 x 6 feet panel to the rear of the bus stop.

The transport company is also mulling a proposal to set up kiosks housing florists’ shops and booksellers at 50 bus stops, which will be rented out in return for a monthly consideration. “Apart from generating revenue the kiosks will also deter thieves and vandals,” reasons the SDM.

Tenders for constructing the bus stops will be invited within 10 days, “as soon as we are through with the inauguration,” reveals Shukla.